Organizational Design: Simplifying Finances

Posted by Matthew Thomas

As organizations grow, their finances naturally become more complex. Particularly in churches and non-profits, financial complexity increases drastically when people begin to earmark funds. Earmarks can be helpful when raising funds for specific causes and projects. However, many organizations hand out earmarks and designations like candy, and this increases their accounting complexity drastically.

Before making designations, consider the use of the funds: for a specific project, earmarks work well. For things that are part of the usual and general operations of the organization, consider broader uses of funds, so that there is less complexity and greater flexibility in accomplishing the core mission purpose of your organization. Use your most restrictive funds first, leaving you with more freedom down the road.

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Organizational Design: Simplifying Governance

Posted by Matthew Thomas

Simplifying governance is a different animal than simplifying management. Many organizations have created governance structures that take on a life of their own. Innumerable committees, advisory groups formed in crisis and set in concrete, multiple layers of approval, separate-but-equal structures that operate without coordination – these things have become norms for many organizations. Moreover, the level of direct control the governing groups have in day-to-day management of the organization often confounds their governing role.

Some organizations try to simplify governance by reducing the numbers of people involved. This helps, to a point: however, reducing the sheer numbers of moving parts, independent or subordinate governance entities, and moving toward unified governance is the most reliable solution.

Most of all, though, getting governance out of micromanagerial and detailed monitoring roles will reduce the weight of governance significantly and aid greatly in its simplification.

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Organizational Design: Simplifying Management

Posted by Matthew Thomas

Simplifying management of an organization or enterprise can bring challenges. Upon joining an organization’s staff or volunteer corps, people fall into regular patterns of behavior rather quickly.

Clear delegation, proscriptive boundaries (don’t go outside of these lines, but do whatever reasonably falls within them), and clear organizational structure help to simplify day-to-day management.

Even with these things in place, organizational leaders must discipline themselves to keep on track with them – or else the behaviors revert to previous patterns, and no organizational chart in the world, no matter how simple, will be able to overcome behaviors that are modeled from the leaders down.

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Organizational Design: Simplicity

Posted by Matthew Thomas

Many organizations begin to flounder when their complexity exceeds their capacity to manage the structure – whether the people, the moving parts, or required components.

Structures tend to grow in complexity through an organization’s life, so leaders must be proactive in keeping structures from growing wild.

Look at the complexity required to do the basic tasks of your organization’s work: who is involved? How many steps are required? Are there good, accountable ways of doing things more simply?

Asking those questions and then acting to simplify will shift energy from administration and into purpose and mission.

(Do it!)

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